Christmas is one of the times when the most photos are taken, and some of the photos I love best. The families are all together, and you see those great aunts you haven’t seen in ages. Everybody is gathered around a scrumptious dinner table, or around a tree laden with ornaments, or just hanging out drinking steaming mugs of hot cocoa. I mean how many great photo ops are there!!
Family dinners are really a great time to take photos. For one thing, there is the beautifully set dinner table. Many people take extra trouble to create gorgeous centerpieces for the holiday table. The plates are pretty, and the silverware is all shiny. Then there are the sparkling wine glasses. And then of course, there’s the special food for Christmas dinner – the ham, the gravy, and the mashed potatoes. Yummy! Laden with all of that, the dinner table is a great photo subject.
Then there is the Christmas tree. This is likely the center of any Xmas celebration. Decorated with dazzling ornaments, the tree looks lovely. Often, many of these ornaments have a lot of meaning for the family. Some ornaments may be handmade, while others may have special photos in or on them. In fact, one of the suggestions I have about things you can do with holiday photos is to make special ornaments made with them, so they can be used next year, and the year after, and the year after.
Of course, the most important thing around Christmas time – and actually at all other times as well! – is family. The best part of Christmas is that the entire family gathers in one place. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins – they are all there. Sometimes even closest family members are generally not at home. For instance, the kids may be away at college. But come holiday time, they all gather together. It’s the time to catch up with everyone and everything. So take this opportunity to take plenty of photos of the family. These are the photos ultimately that will be cherished the most. I have found that one of the best things to do with photos taken at holiday time, or for that matter photos taken any time, is to create personalized photo gifts for the holidays. There can be many many different things that can be made from such photographs, such as warm blankets, and acrylic blocks with pictures.